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Introducing Dan Bennett

D an Bennett is a San Diego native who has worked on community-health projects for the past seven years, leading communications and messaging efforts, and helping organizations tell their story through focus on human impact, including storytelling training for organization staff. Dan spent more than 20 years as a reporter for daily newspapers in San Diego, and has also written freelance for the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and other regional and national publications, including numerous health publications. Dan is the COI Media Domain Co-Chair...
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Collaboration Corner

Media Arts Center- Teen Producers Project,  a youth documentary film-making class, is looking for organizations to pitch project ideas related to cardiovascular  disease prevention. Youth will select several projects and produce 2-3 minute visual stories To pitch your idea, please complete this form, or contact Brian Myers to discuss story pitches. 

The "Collaboration Corner" is a section of the newsletter where we are asking partners to post collaborative opportunities, such as partnering on grant applications, volunteer opportunities, and other requests COI partners may be interested in supporting. Please email Nina Ghatan content by the 15th of the month and it will be included in the next newsletter.                                                                               
Cheryl Moder accepting the COI Proclamation from Supervisor Ron Roberts
  • In honor of the COI 10th anniversary, we'd like to thank our partners for their support over the past 10 years. We'd also like to thank Supervisor Ron Roberts for his vision in forming COI and for the COI Proclamation! To take a trip down memory lane, click here.
  • In an effort to share research and resources across domains, we've been recording workgroup presentations and posting them on the COI YouTube channel. We currently have presentations on the following topic areas: dehydration and childhood obesity, cognitive treatments for childhood obesity, and the connection between stress and childhood obesity.
  • The Dairy Council of California will be recognizing a Student Community Health All Star and an Outstanding Nutrition Educator. If you have someone in mind, nominate them today!
  • The Digital Gym and the Media Arts Center is currently registering youth for the Teen Producers Project Spring Session, which runs January 28 until April 15, 2017. Needs based scholarships are available for students in City Heights or students that qualify for free school lunch program. Click here for more details. 
News of Note

Childhood Obesity Collaborations Nationwide 
Webinar| December 13, 2016
COI will be hosting a webinar to highlight best practice examples from similar collaboratives across the county. Representatives from Shape Up Somerville, The Healthy Kids Collaborative, and Let's Go Maine will discuss their successes, barriers, and how they advance health equity in their initiatives. Click here to register. 

Integrating Food Security into Healthcare Settings
San Diego| December 14, 2016 
San Diego Hunger Coalition will be hosting a forum on Integrating Food Security into Healthcare Settings: Launching Rx for CalFresh in San Diego County. The forum will share best practice examples for the healthcare setting to further engage in this work. Please see the flyer for more details. 

South Bay Hunger Relief Forum III: Collectively Addressing Food Insecurity
in Our Community 
Chula Vista| December 16, 2016
Join us for a discussion about effectively addressing food insecurity in the South Bay region and collectively sustaining our food rescue, waste recovery and distribution systems.Click here to register

Teen Producers Project Film Screening 
San Diego| December 17, 2016
The Teen Producers Project will be hosting a film screening of videos the youth produced this fall at the Digital Gym. Projects highlighted include a local farmers' market, soccer league, and CicloSDias. For more details, check out their  event page

Transit Oriented Development: A Strategy For the City of San Diego to Advance the Climate, Affordability, and the Economy 
San Diego| January 9th, 2017
Great cities don't just happen, they're planned. As part of Circulate San Diego's #PlanDiego initiative, this report will provide a set of recommendations for how the City of San Diego can implement its Climate Action Plan and City of Villages strategy.  Click here to register. 

Out-Of-School Nutrition Summit: Join Us for Learning, Sharing, and Networking to Help Keep California's Kids Healthy and Engaged When School is Out 
Upland| January 24, 2017
This free event will bring together schools, city and county agencies, special districts, faith and community-based organizations, and other partners to explore opportunities to support the health and wellbeing of youth when school is out through USDA child nutrition programs. Questions? Contact Patrice Chamberlain at pchamberlaine@ca-ilg.org

Nutrition and Physical Activity Forums
Multiple locations| January 28-February 25
The California Department of Education is hosting statewide Nutrition and Physical Activity Forums. Attendees will learn tangible methods on integrating wellness policies, edible gardens, nutrition education and physical activity at early childhood sites. Click here for more information.  

9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference
San Diego| May 30-June 2, 2017 
Registration is open for the 9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference. The conference theme is  "Good Health for All: Addressing Equity where we Live, Learn, Work, and Play". Click here for more details. 

 Research and Resources

Analyses using national survey data have shown that food purchases, consumption patterns, and dietary outcomes among SNAP participants and higher income households are more similar than different.

Shortened sleep duration is associated with poor health and obesity among young children. This study characterizes sleep behaviors/duration and examines relationships with obesogenic behaviors/obesity among toddlers from low-income families.

A parent-only based treatment intervention may be equally effective as and cost less than a family-based treatment intervention.

How to Break the Junk Food Habit
Do you find yourself craving ice cream, intoxicated by an image of french fries or unable to resist the candy jar at a co-worker's desk? Research shows you're not alone. Certain foods - particularly processed foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat - don't just taste good, they also can be addictive, said scientists at a UC San Francisco symposium on food and addiction
Is the use of antibiotics in infancy tied to childhood obesity? Some studies suggest so, but a new analysis suggests the link may be with infections rather than antibiotics.

Feasibility of a Friendship Network-Based Pediatric Obesity Intervention
There is growing evidence supporting social network-based interventions for adolescents with obesity. This study's aim was to determine the feasibility of a social network-based intervention by assessing adolescents' friendship networks, willingness to involve friends in treatment, and how these factors influence enjoyment 

During adolescence, youngsters with autism spectrum disorder are more likely to be obese than teens without the disorder, according to a study in Childhood Obesity. Overall, 23.1% of the children with autism were obese as were 14.1% of the children without the disorder. The different rates of obesity increased as the children grew older.
Grant Opportunities

Resident Leadership Academy Community Based Organization Contract
Application deadline: December 15, 2016
Arboreta Group is seeking applications from Community Based Organizations to receive funding and technical assistance for facilitating and supporting Resident Leadership Academies (RLAs). RLA graduates are empowered to make healthy behavior changes, enhance their environments, and create vibrant neighborhoods through policy, systems, and environmental changes. For more information...

GO by BIKE Mini-Grant Program
Application deadline: January 20, 2017
SANDAG iCommute will be offering $30,000 in grant funding for programs that educate, promote, and encourage biking as a primary mode of transportation. For more information... 

Cal Wellness Grant
Application deadline: Rolling
The mission of The California Wellness Foundation is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. Cal Wellness makes grants to nonprofit organizations, public agencies, religious organizations and tribal governments.  For more information...

Brittingham Family Foundation
Application deadline: Rolling
The Brittingham Family Foundation is a private foundation whose goal is to be an enlightened community partner by supporting education, arts, social services, youth, health and the environment. Our goals are to make grants that are transformational in scale, build partnerships with other non-profits to increase our impact, and to support and address the needs of our local community.  For more information...

After School Education and Safety Program - ASES Grant Renewal
Application deadline: Check the funder website for grant renewal deadlines.
The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program provides funding to local educational agencies to create safe physical and emotional environments, educational and literacy programs, and enrichment elements including physical fitness, recreation and coordinated school health. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use research-based curricula and strategies that are aligned to California's state standards and are appropriate for after school audiences.  For more information...

Weingart Foundation
Application deadline: Rolling
The primary purpose of the Small Grant Program is to increase access to funding and strengthen the capacity of small, community based, and developing organizations. The Weingart Foundation considers applications from organizations working in the areas of health, human services and education. Highest priority is given to organizations or programs that provide greater access for people who are economically disadvantaged and underserved.
Amount to be awarded: $10,000 - $25,000.  For more information...

Sundt Grants Program
Application deadline: March 15, June 15, September 15, December 15        
The Foundation funds activities and programs undertaken by nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life for disadvantaged children in the communities where Sundt has an established office (Phoenix, Tucson, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Antonio). Amount to be awarded: $1,000 - $10,000 For more information... 

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The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative is a public-private partnership facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners, a San Diego-based 501(c)3. 

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